We plan on creating a website that will immerse users in an extreme resolution image of 30 gigapixel image of Machu Picchu.
30 Gigapixel Machu Picchu
We plan on creating a website that will allow users to dive into and immerse themselves in a 30 gigapixel or 30,000 megapixel extreme high-resolution image of Machu Picchu.
When we say high-resolution, we mean it; Using robotic camera mounts, huge lenses, advanced software and high resolution digital cameras we plan on taking thousands of photos then stitching them together which add up to an extreme high-resolution panoramic view of of the site. The resulting image will be one of the largest panorama photos in the world: 30 billion pixels, over 2500 times the resolution of a standard digital camera.
We will also make a photographic survey of the site by taking photos from all angles and elevations. Using a process called photogrammetry we plan to use these images to create a 3D model of the site then combine it with the gigapixel image to create a single extreme high-resolution 3D image of Machu Picchu.
Wow! How will the image be used?
- Website - The image itself will be posted to the Internet for users all over the world to view and explore. Visitors will be able to move around and explore the image by zooming in and out and move up or down or change their view – similar to Google Street View maps but with substantially more resolution and fidelity. Websites displaying images such as Paris, London, Dubai, Dresden and Prague have similar panoramas (although not in 3D) and have received millions of visitors. The website will also contain some quick tours of some of the most impressive features of the site as together with some textual information about them.
- Prints - The high resolution of the photo means that large prints over 30 meters long can be made that show no softening or degradation from size and allowing intricate detail to be revealed at close inspection.
- 3D Models - The 3D nature of the image will also enable us to use a 3D printer to create highly detailed models of the site that can be given to donors in exchange for them sponsoring the project.
What will my money do?
- Build an interactive website where the final photo will be hosted
- Help us deploy advanced technology to capture the image
- Create and edit behind the scenes footage for “the making of” reel
- Print a 20 meter long print to be unveiled and displayed at SIGGRAPH 2012
- Enable us to use a 3D printer to print multiple 3d models
- Help us get down to Peru
When do you plan on doing all this?
We plan on taking the photos between June and July 2012 during the dry season in the Andes. The website (project) will be completed and online by September 2012.
Sounds cool! How can I get get involved?
After having done some research we are sure that this image is going to be a hit and will draw some serious website traffic so we've put together a variety of incentives in the form of website visibility and panoramic prints. Check out the list of incentives on the right for more information and thank you for your interest in the project!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.